|Review by BoardSMITH||posted 09-29-2012 08:03 PM||12903 views||1 time favorited||11 comments|
I purchased this cabinet saw in February and over the months I have come to some opinions about the saw in general. I thought a review might be in order.
Overall, I was quite pleased with the packaging and the instruction manual. Once out of the shipping container, I was able to easily find the parts and assemble them. I remember I had the saw up and running in less than 2 hours.
I use the saw as a dedicated rip saw only and it performs well cutting 8/4 maple, mahogany cherry and walnut. Using a 20 ct Forrest rip blade the saw rarely bogs down and only when the stock pinches back together do I hear any protest from the belt. I believe the flat belt could be a chore to replace in the future but I won’t worry about that just yet.
Unlike my G0690, the throat plate is merely laying in place rather than being fastened down. I guess that is a small detail but not worrisome.
The blade guard is a chore to install. Unless you have help, aligning the guard mount to the clamp inside the saw requires dexterity requiring some contortions. More than once I have uttered some choice comments to the person who designed it this way. Fastening the clamp is easy enough but not the most positive means. The recent kick back I experienced proved how weak that clamp really is. When I reinstalled a new guard Friday, I turned the bolt which controls the amount of tension on the clamp and found that more than 1/8 turn on the bolt made the clamp impossible to fasten down completely. (As an aside, the old guard which bore the brunt of the blade when it flew out had 43 marks on it where the blade teeth hit it.) New blade, new guard and the saw is back to running.
The dust collection is less than optimum. There is a dust chute under the blade which is supposed to funnel saw dust to the duct collector hook-up on the back of the saw. Beware, unless you use a zero clearance insert on the saw, any large fragment that falls inside the dust chute WILL CLOG the exit or the flex hose and allow the saw to kick saw dust back to the users face. In short, the exit is much to small to be effective. When it becomes clogged, the only real way to clear it is to remove the guard, throat plate and blade to get at the clog or remove the flex hose clamp and hope you can pull the clog through the exit. The flex hose Grizzly uses is also much to small and is, IMHO, quite ineffective. My saw now has both the dust chute and flex pipe removed.
The dust collector hook-up at the bottom rear of the saw is divided into two parts, one wide slot to collect dust from the bottom of the cabinet and a small pipe where the flex is supposed to hook into. I have now rearranged the cabinet so that there is one large 4” opening in the back rather than the two smaller openings. It has to be more effective.
The Shop Fox fence system supplied with the saw is okay but not as good as it should be. I will replace it later this year with something else.
In short, despite some shortcomings in my opinion, I like the saw. A good value with plenty of power and easy to operate. (Actually, the elevation and bevel controls are much easier to operate than my G0690 and much less prone to clogging by saw dust or chips.)
Would I buy another one, probably but I would consider others as well before purchase.
I have to apologize for the photo I supplied. It is one I took just after installation and isn’t as up to date as I would like. A lot has changed since the photo was taken.
-- David www.TheBoardSMITH.com